This is a centre based equestrian holiday, based in a traditional Scottish stone farmhouse in the remote west of Scotland near the Mull of Kintyre. The horseback riding terrain is hilly and varied: the rolling green hills with rocky outcrops, woodland, beaches and dunes are typical of this region, and the horses are surefooted and well trained. The horseback riding is tailored and group sizes are kept small. The accommodation is comfortable and much of the food is produced on the farm. The group can be split by ability if needed, and the more experienced riders can are offered plenty of faster horseback riding

Also available as a short equestrian break, 3 days riding, 3 nights 

Other itineraries are available: a more extreme riding week on set dates each year for confident riders; cross country and tuition weeks, archery or even Parelli weekends on set dates or as bespoke holidays.  

The bespoke adventures can be put together subject to availability.

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Day 1 
Arrive at the farm from 4pm. A welcome dinner is served at 7pm where riders will meet the team and discuss the week ahead, riding preferences and each rider's skills.

Day 2 
Meet the horses and take some time grooming and massaging your new friends to start building a good relationship, and building a solid foundation for the trip ahead. After lunch, head out on a hack around the area and to the foot of the hills where tomorrow's ride will lead. Back to the farm for dinner and overnight.

Day 3
After breakfast, saddle up and head for the hills for a full day trail ride across the countryside. Bond with the horses while enjoying wide open views. As the route leads from east to west, riders navigate wild terrain and natural obstacles. Be prepared for a long day in the saddle before reaching the farm for dinner and overnight.

Day 4
The first day on the coast. After breakfast, ride west to see the views of Isla, Jura and Gigha islands. Also keep eyes open for the seals, dolphins and Minkie whales that visit the shores. Stretch your (and the horses) legs with a fast ride along the sands. Dinner and overnight at the farm

Day 5
This is a welcome non-riding day, and a chance to give the body a break. After breakfast, head off to explore the countryside, or maybe take a taxi to Campbeltown to sample the local offerings. Dinner and overnight at the farm.

Day 6
Horseback archery anyone? Today is a chance to get in touch with one's inner-warrier with a morning of archery lessons in the arena. Although it may take a lifetime to master, the basic skills of horseback archery can be learned quite quickly. The coach will explain the principles behind the art and help enable riders with a new talent. After lunch, transfer these new-found skills to horseback for an exhilirating afternoon of fun. Dinner and overnight at the farm.

Day 7
From arrows to obstacles - it's jumping day! After breakfast, head to the arena for a morning of confidence-building jumping. After lunch, head out into the country and the thrill of the cross-country course. The whole day is coached, and riders will end the day feeling empowered by the buzz of the ride. Dinner and overnight at the farm

Day 8
A final morning ride on the south end of the coast where the group can blow away any final cobwebs with some fast riding. Head back to the farm. Departure by 11am.

The itinerary is flexible, depending on the weather. If it rains for a few hours, we can spend some time in the barn practicing archery or go out for a shorter, faster ride later or swap the non riding day round.

 

Short Itinerary:

Day 1 
Arrive at the farm from 4pm. A welcome dinner is served at 7pm where riders will meet the team and discuss the week ahead, riding preferences and each rider's skills.

Day 2 
Meet the horses and take some time grooming and massaging your new friends to start building a good relationship, and building a solid foundation for the trip ahead. After lunch, head out on a hack around the area and to the foot of the hills where tomorrow's ride will lead. Back to the farm for dinner and overnight.

Day 3
After breakfast, saddle up and head for the hills for a full day trail ride across the countryside. Bond with the horses while enjoying wide open views. As the route leads from east to west, riders navigate wild terrain and natural obstacles. Be prepared for a long day in the saddle before reaching the farm for dinner and overnight.

Day 4
A final morning ride on the south end of the coast where the group can blow away any final cobwebs with some fast riding. Head back to the farm. Departure by 11am.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

The group of 23 horses are a willing and happy mixture of types, sizes, ages and characters. The 15 riding horses range from 14hh to 16.2 hh and vary from cobs and Irish Sport horses, to Arab, an Arab X Appaloosa, Irish sports horses and even a Hackney, so there is plenty of choice.

They are happy to travel by lorry and boat and are eager for adventures. They are used to the terrain and are trained with Natural Horsemanship methods to give them confidence to climb on and over obstacles obligingly. They are used to light aids, taking their own track and not following the horse in front. The horses live out and are accustomed to spending the night at different locations on the mini-trail.



There is a 30X60 all weather outdoor arena, a cross country course and show jumps.

There are opportunities for faster and challenging riding on this holiday. There are 2 guides and the group can be split to accommodate all paces. If it rains a few hours can be spent doing ridden archery in the barn or the timing of the ride adjusted/non-riding day swapped out. Flexibility and adaption to each individual's wishes and abilties is key here.


Rider requirements

This trip is physically demanding due to the diversity of disciplines included and time in the saddle. This trip is available only to fit and adventurous riders, comfortable at canter. Prior jumping or horseback archery experience is NOT required. This trip is NOT suitable for beginner or novice riders.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 209 lb/95 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

The accomodation for all the nights is in a 150-year old, traditional stone farmhouse with 4 guest rooms: two country style double rooms and two twin/double rooms all with hair dryers and free WiFi. There are stunning views across the glen from every room, often with horses grazing just outside the window. There is also additional acommodation at a nearby cottage if needed to accommodate more singles.

As well as your bedroom, there is a comfortable shared sitting area downstairs with games and DVDs and a log fire and the beautiful glass dining-room with extensive views. Tea, coffee and snacks are always available.

Your hosts are keen on self sufficiency and much of the produce and meat is grown on the farm. The food is local, fresh, and regional. 

There is a communal fridge for guest use and a washer/dryer service at £5 per load, payable on site. You are sharing your host's home, so no outdoor shoes in the house and quiet time after 10.30pm.

The farm has solar panels and offset carbon via a tree planting programme.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements within reason can be accommodated with advance notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests before booking.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip.

NB: Be sure to check the COVID status of the country you plan to visit including entry procedures

Passport and Visa requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country.

Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate should you need a visa.

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Climate Summary

The Argyll & Bute region is located on the West Coast of Scotland. The region has a temperate maritime climate with typically warm rather than hot summers and cool to cold winters.
Argyll & Bute rarely experiences very extreme weather meaning the area can be visited throughout the year.
On average in Oban the hottest months are July and August in summer and the coldest is January in winter. Rainfall on average falls fairly evenly throughout the year, with the April to June period experiencing the least amount of rain and October to January the highest.

The weather is unpredictable as with the rest of the UK and it is possible to see elements of all four seasons in one day. The area may experience some snowfall in the winter months. It is advisable for visitors to check the weather forecast before they arrive in Argyll & Bute to get a better idea of the sort of clothing they will need during their trip. Bringing hooded waterproof coats and hats will ensure visitors are prepared for any spells of wind and rain the region may experience.

Climate Chart

Health

COVID: Be sure to check the latest COVID regulations for travelling in any country you visit.

Please refer to your country’s latest health guideline for travel in the UK and contact your own GP for up to date advice on vaccinations and prophylaxis prior to travel.


Electricity

In United Kingdom the supply voltage is 230V. If the appliance is a single voltage rated appliance, it will need to operate at the same voltage as the supply voltage of the country i.e. 230V. If this is not the case it should be used alongside a voltage transformer or converter to allow the appliance to work safely and properly.

Mobile, WiFi and charging

There is free Wifi at the farm. Mobile reception is variable.

Packing List

Hard hats are essential - but if you do not have one they are available on-site.
You will need:
• Jodhpurs or trousers suitable for riding
• Riding boots or strong boots with a low heel.
• Waterproof, lightweight coat
• Riding gloves
• Clothes suitable for layering
• Casual clothes for the evening
• Sunglasses
• Camera

Programmes

8d/7n/6d riding or 4d/3n/3d riding. The shorter break dates can also be extended to a longer week if wished. Bespoke programmes can be tailored on other dates.

Departure Dates

2024: 7 - 14 Apr, 19 - 26 June, 1 - 8 Sep
Short break: 7 Apr; 12, 19 May; 14 Jul; 1, 22, 29 Sep

Pricing
No single supplement payable if willing to share with someone of same sex. Should you wish to book a single room, please see supplement price below.
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
20248d/7n6double pp - standard room3,285
20248d/7n6single supplement 175
20248d/7n6Additional Night pp pn149
2024 Short Break4d/3n3double pp - standard room1,595
2024 Short Break4d/3n3single supplement75
2024 Short Break4d/3n3Additional Night pp pn149
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
20248d/7n6double pp - standard room3,839
20248d/7n6single supplement 205
20248d/7n6Additional Night pp pn175
2024 Short Break4d/3n3double pp - standard room1,865
2024 Short Break4d/3n3single supplement88
2024 Short Break4d/3n3Additional Night pp pn175
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description US $
20248d/7n6double pp - standard room4,319
20248d/7n6single supplement 229
20248d/7n6Additional Night pp pn199
2024 Short Break4d/3n3double pp - standard room2,095
2024 Short Break4d/3n3single supplement99
2024 Short Break4d/3n3Additional Night pp pn199
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
20248d/7n6double pp - standard room42,975
20248d/7n6single supplement 2,289
20248d/7n6Additional Night pp pn1,965
2024 Short Break4d/3n3double pp - standard room20,865
2024 Short Break4d/3n3single supplement985
2024 Short Break4d/3n3Additional Night pp pn1,965
Recommended Reading

Braveheart (1995) In the footsteps of William Wallace - Alan Young


Other Activities

Horse back archery (supplement payable), wildlife watching, wilderness hiking.

Wildlife

The hills, forests, coastline and sea of Kintyre is rich in rare and wonderful wildlife.
Just over bird 200 species are seen on the coastal area but also regular rarities such as Leachs Petrel, Balearic Shearwater, Grey Phalarope and Sabines Gull visit.
On the bog, heath and native woodland, a wide variety of wildlife and unusual wildflowers associated with maritime headlands, can be seen as well as breeding moorland birds and seabirds. Feral goats and golden eagles may also be seen along the coastal cliffs.

Other Information

The farm is an ideal spot from where to explore the tip of Kintyre, from the golden, sandy beaches at Southend and Machrihanish to the fascinating caves of Davaar Island and the cliffs and lighthouse at the ‘Mull’; the very south-western tip of Scotland.
There are some stunning walks around the peninsula including the ‘Kintyre Way’ a long-distance footpath that stretches from the tip of Kintyre to Tarbert and beyond.
If you are a bird-watcher, Kintyre is a hotspot for sea-birds and migrants whilst hen harrier, barn owls, kingfisher and the occasional eagle, often seen from the breakfast room.

Other Country Information

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, the United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to its east, the English Channel to its south and the Celtic Sea to its south-south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world and the 11th-largest in Europe. It is also the 21st-most populous country, with an estimated 65.1 million inhabitants. Together, this makes it the fourth-most densely populated country in the European Union. The capital of the United Kingdom and its largest city is London, a global city and financial centre with an urban area population of 10.3 million, the fourth-largest in Europe and second-largest in the European Union. Other major urban areas in the United Kingdom include the conurbations centred on Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester. The United Kingdom consists of four countries—England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The last three have devolved administrations, each with varying powers based in their capitals, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, respectively. The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of governance. The monarch is now King Charles III following the passing of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned from 6 February 1952 until 8 September 2023. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain (which lies in the North Atlantic) in its centre and south; and includes over 100 smaller islands such as the Isles of Scilly, and the Isle of Wight. England's terrain mostly comprises low hills and plains, especially in central and southern England. However, there are uplands in the north (for example, the mountainous Lake District, and the Pennines) and in the southwest (for example, Dartmoor and the Cotswolds). England has a temperate maritime climate: it is mild with temperatures not much lower than 0 °C (32 °F) in winter and not much higher than 32 °C (90 °F) in summer. The weather is damp relatively frequently and is changeable. The coldest months are January and February, the latter particularly on the English coast, while July is normally the warmest month. Months with mild to warm weather are May, June, September and October. Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year. Scotland's only land border is with England, which runs for 60 miles (97 km) in a north-easterly direction from the Solway Firth in the west to the North Sea on the east coast. Scotland accounts for just under a third of the total area of the UK, covering 78,772 square kilometres (30,410 sq mi) and including nearly eight hundred islands, predominantly west and north of the mainland; notably the Hebrides, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands. Scotland is the most mountainous country in the UK. The more rugged Highland region contains the majority of Scotland's mountainous land, including Ben Nevis which at 1,343 metres (4,406 ft) is the highest point in the British Isles. The climate of Scotland is temperate and very changeable, but rarely extreme. Scotland is warmed by the North Atlantic Drift and given the northerly location of the country, experiences much milder conditions than areas on similar latitudes, such as Labrador in Canada - where icebergs are a common feature in winter. Wales accounts for less than a tenth of the total area of the UK, covering 20,779 square kilometres (8,020 sq mi). Wales is mostly mountainous, though South Wales is less mountainous than North and mid Wales. The highest mountains in Wales are in Snowdonia and include Snowdon which, at 1,085 metres (3,560 ft), is the highest peak in Wales. Wales has a maritime climate, the predominant winds being south-westerly and westerly, blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean. This means that the weather in Wales is in general mild, cloudy, wet and windy. The country's wide geographic variations cause localised differences in amounts of sunshine, rainfall and temperature. Rainfall in Wales varies widely, with the highest average annual totals in Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons, and the lowest near the coast and in the east, close to the English border. In July 2007, England is introducing a smoking ban in pubs and other public places, following on from the success of the scheme in Ireland. Be aware that there may be large fines for smoking in banned areas. The UK is on GMT time. Although most weights and measures are now metric (celsius, litres and kg) some imperial measures remain and distances are indicated in miles. The international dialling code is +44.


Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
At the farm.
Transfer:
Loganair flight Glasgow to Campbeltown (CAL) from £50 each way
Taxi transfer from Glasgow Airport to farm £250 each way 2.5 hrs
Citilink coach from Glasgow leaves every 2-3 hours to Campbeltown 4hrs from £26 each way

Then local taxi (10min) to the farm.
Flight Guide:
Glasgow international Airport (GLA)
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